inceptionnews2.pngLos Angeles, CA -- (November 18, 2010) - Leonardo DiCaprio will star in a feature film based on the non-fiction JFK assassination book "Legacy of Secrecy," written by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann. DiCaprio will also be producing on behalf of his production house, Appian Way. Warner Brothers, who is responsible for the success of the celebrated film "JFK," plans to release the DiCaprio film in time for the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination in 2013.

DiCaprio will play FBI informant Jack Van Laningham, who obtained the confession of Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello to having ordered JFK's assassination.

As part of a dangerous and long-secret undercover operation, the FBI positioned Van Laningham to become the confidant of Marcello, who ruled organized crime in Louisiana and most of Texas for decades.

The FBI's clandestine operation with Van Laningham and the full story behind Marcello's JFK confession remained secret for decades, until Waldron and Hartmann published the declassified FBI files from the National Archives in 2009's "Legacy of Secrecy."

Carlos Marcello, who died in 1993, has not yet been the subject of a feature film, though he has long been of interest to authorities investigating JFK's murder. In 1979, a Congressional Committee concluded that "Marcello had the motive, means, and opportunity to assassinate President Kennedy." Even though FBI and Secret Service files cited in "Legacy of Secrecy" show that more than a dozen of Marcello's men and family members were questioned or arrested by authorities for JFK's murder, Marcello's name did not appear in the 1964 Warren Report, which consisted of an 888-page investigation into the assassination presented to President Johnson.

Producing with DiCaprio will be his father, George DiCaprio, who brought the book to his son's attention. An acclaimed director who has previously worked with Leonardo has expressed interest in directing the film.

Van Laningham and Waldron are represented by attorney Phillip Rosen. Because the 900+ page "Legacy of Secrecy" contains so much new information from the National Archives that can't fit in the film - including the Mafia's role in the assassination of Martin Luther King and in Watergate - Warner Brothers has permitted Waldron to keep documentary film and TV rights. Earl Katz, an Executive Producer of the "Legacy" film for Appian Way and Warner, will produce one or more of those documentaries.


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November 19 Update: Warner Bros. is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I made $24 million from midnight and early morning shows at 3,700 locations.

While that's far from Eclipse's record of just over $30 million, it does top the $22.2 million midnight haul of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Deathly Hallows: Part I did set a new midnight record for an IMAX release with $1.4 million, topping the $1 million haul of Eclipse.

November 18 Update #2
: is reporting that Deathy Hallows: Part I now ranks #3 on their all-time advance seller list. It is also is the strongest advance seller of the Potter franchise.

The site is also reporting more than 3,000 sold-out shows.

November 18 Update: is reporting more than 2,500 sold-out shows, while has more than 2,200. Deathly Hallows: Part I shot past Half-Blood Prince on MovieTickets to take over the #4 spot on the site's all-time advanced sellers list. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, New Moon and Star Wars: Episode 3 - Revenge of the Sith occupy the top three spots.

November 17 Update #2: is reporting that HP7: Part I will play at a record-breaking 3,700 locations at midnight, 239 IMAX locations (another record) and it has already generated $25 million in advanced ticket sales. has tallied more than 2,200 sold-out shows.

November 17 Update: is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I currently ranks in fifth place on their all-time advance ticket seller list. It's not far behind Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at #4. The ticketing site is also reporting more than 1,900 sold-out shows, 160 of which are in New York and Los Angeles.

November 16 Update: is now reporting more than 2,000 sold-out shows. More stats from a poll of Fandango users:

• 84% plan to watch previous Harry Potter movies this week to prepare for Deathy Hallows: Part I
• 82% have read all of the Potter books
• 81% have seen all the Potter movies on the big screen;
• 45% are pleased that filmmakers delayed a 3D version of Part I until they could get it right (while 51% claim the 3D process wouldn't have affected their interest either way).

November 15 Update: is reporting that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I has sold out more than 1,000 shows.

November 10 Update:
As of 9 a.m. PT, is reporting 900 sold-out shows and boasts 800 for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I.

November 3 Update: is reporting that as of 5 a.m. PT, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is responsible for nearly 500 sold-out shows. is reporting more than 300. That's very impressive considering that the film doesn't open until November 19.

"Even though the finale's first part is more than two weeks away, fans are already showing their eagerness to join the final journey on opening weekend," says Fandango Chief Operating Officer Rick Butler. "We've seen more sold-out showtimes for this film than we've seen for any other film this year, at the same point in the sales cycle."

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111910predictions.pngHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: 4,125 (NEW)
The Next Three Days: 2,564 (NEW)
Megamind: 3,779 (-170)
Due Date: 3,229 (-136)
Unstoppable: 3,209 (+2)
Skyline: 2,882 (+2)
Morning Glory: 2,544 (+26)
Red: 2,034 (-844)
For Colored Girls: 1,216 (-911)
Paranormal Activity 2: 1,101 (-1,302)
Secretariat: 1,010 (1,009)
Saw 3D: 806 (-1,170)
Jackass 3D: 687 (-920)
The Social Network: 571 (-517)
Life As We Know It: 558 (-681)
Hereafter: 403 (-1,288)
Fair Game: 386 (+211)

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Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres® (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announces that even more guests in New Jersey will soon be able to watch the latest movies while enjoying their favorite food and beverages when AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 in Bridgewater, N.J. opens on Nov. 22.

Just five days after the debut of AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Essex Green 9 in West Orange, N.J. on Nov. 17, AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 combines restaurant cuisine and cocktails with AMC's noted immersive movie theatre experience and hit movies.

"We are excited to present AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 as another one of our flagship AMC Dine-In Theatres," said Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president, AMC. "This concept showcases the options we provide our guests. It's one example of how AMC embraces consumer trends and takes a proprietary approach to food and beverage service at the concession stand and inside our auditoriums."

AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 offers a meal-and-a-movie option and a bar and lounge:
Fork & Screen® - The theatre's seven auditoriums will offer:

• Casual, in-theatre dining
• Upgraded, comfortable reserved seating
• Table-top dining
• An extensive menu including Crab Rangoon Dip, Thai Coconut Chicken Tenders and Chocolate Loving Spoon Cake served via seat-side service
• Fork & Screen guests must be at least 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian
• (at least 21)
• A full-service bar and lounge area inside the theatre
• Named after a term coined by famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock
• Features a variety of beer, wine, cocktails and a selection of appetizers and desserts
• MacGuffins guests must be at least 18 years old; minors accompanied by a parent or guardian
• (at least 21) are welcome
AMC Dine-In Theatres at AMC Bridgewater Commons 7 pricing:
• $10 for an adult movie ticket in Fork & Screen auditoriums plus a:
o $10 experience charge on weekdays and before 4 p.m.
o $15 experience charge after 4 p.m. on weekends and holiday periods
• The $10/$15 experience charge is deducted from meal purchases in the auditorium

In addition to AMC Bridgewater Commons 7, AMC will open a third AMC Dine-In Theatre location in New Jersey at AMC Menlo Park 12 in Edison, N.J. on Dec. 15.
AMC is also converting a wing of its AMC Grapevine Mills 30 theatre in Grapevine, Texas to its AMC Dine-Theatres concept, which opens on Dec. 8.
AMC features four existing AMC Dine-In Theatre locations:
• AMC Essex Green 9 - West Orange, N.J.
• AMC Fork & Screen Buckhead - Atlanta
• AMC Studio 30 - Olathe, Kan.
• AMC Mainstreet 6 - Kansas City, Mo.

For more information about AMC Dine-In Theatres, please visit:


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Beverly Hills, CA -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 15 films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process for the 83rd Academy Awards®. One hundred-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company:

* "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" Alex Gibney, director (ES Productions LLC)
* "Enemies of the People" Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath, directors (Old Street Films)
* "Exit through the Gift Shop" Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)
* "Gasland" Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)
* "Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould" Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont, directors
(White Pine Pictures)
* "Inside Job" Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)
* "The Lottery" Madeleine Sackler, director (Great Curve Films)
* "Precious Life" Shlomi Eldar, director (Origami Productions) "Megamind"
* "Quest for Honor" Mary Ann Smothers Bruni, director (Smothers Bruni Productions)
* "Restrepo" Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)
* "This Way of Life" Thomas Burstyn, director (Cloud South Films)
* "The Tillman Story" Amir Bar-Lev, director (Passion Pictures/Axis Films)
* "Waiting for ‘Superman" Davis Guggenheim, director (Electric Kinney Films)
* "Waste Land" Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)
* "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe" Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, directors (Disturbing the Universe LLC)

The Documentary Branch Screening Committee viewed all the eligible documentaries for the preliminary round of voting. Documentary Branch members will now select the five nominees from among the 15 titles on the shortlist.

The 83rd Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


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